In the 1940s and 50s Lawrence Tech athletics was a force to be reckoned with. Many considered Lawrence Tech Men’s Basketball to be “Detroit’s team” and, when national news media spoke of Blue Devil basketball, it was not Duke that they were discussing – it was LIT! Huge dances followed each game and tens of thousands of fans came to games, which were broadcasted on radio and television. The 1950-51 team even reached the National Invitational Tournament, played in New York’s Madison Square Guardian.
Varsity athletics became less a part of campus life beginning in the 1960s and eventually disappeared entirely until 2011, when Men’s Basketball returned to the University along with four other sports teams. In just a few short years, we have grown to 21 teams across 12 sports and added a dance team and pep band.
A strong Theory & Practice education continues to be the cornerstone of the Lawrence Tech experience and our student-athletes excel both on the field and in the classroom. In fact, LTU athletes hold an average GPA of 3.18 and the majority are active in student or professional organizations, community service, and many other facets of campus life.
As our programs continue to grow, so too do our needs—from facilities and equipment, to team travel, and even student-athlete scholarships. Plans are currently underway for the construction of a state-of-the-art athletics complex which will surround the new artificial turf field completed in 2017 thanks to an anonymous $1 Million donation.
By joining the Blue + White Club and supporting your favorite team or teams, or contributing to the general fund for Athletics enhancement, you will help provide more opportunities for student-athletes to excel and you’ll play a critical role in building new traditions and facilities on campus that will define the Blue Devil experience for years to come!
Director of Student Recreation, Athletics and Wellness